813. Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1996)
2. Glass Museum
4. Taut And Tame
5. Dear Grandma And Grandpa
6. Along The Banks Of Rivers
I know I will be blasphemous in the eyes of many when I say that this album did not impress me as much as everyone seems to claim it should have. In fact this has all pretty much been done before. Be it in bands like Can, Neu!, Faust and Tangerine Dream or on more Jazzy inflected Prog or the Pop/Ambient works of Brian Eno.
The way these elements are put together is also not particularly interesting. The idea that this album is revolutionary applies only to the sub-set of American musical production as all of these styles that they draw so heavily from (Prog, Krautrock and Ambient) are mainly European ones.
So yes the album is quite good, but frankly it is not only overrated but also slightly boring in parts, with some of the tracks making their point in the first 5 minutes but dragging it on into well over 10 and sometimes even getting to 20 minutes. The progression inside these mammoth tracks is not that interesting, at times it even seems that a completely different track has started and it was just kept there for track length's sake.
2. Taut and Tame
4. Glass Museum
The album's title comes from a phrase used in the Jehovah's Witness faith, especially in the early 1900s.~